|Genres:||Pop / Rock|
|Tags:||rockabilly country rock and roll rock'n'roll|
Onie Daniel Wheeler, 10 November 1921, Senath, Missouri, USA, d. 26 May 1984, Nashville, Tennessee, USA. Wheeler was a country singer whose career lasted for nearly 40 years, although only one single charted in the USA. Wheeler won a talent contest while serving in the armed forces during World War II and, upon leaving the service in 1945, he chose to pursue a singing career. He performed on a number of southern radio stations in Missouri, Arkansas and Kentucky, and moved to Michigan in 1948, where he made his first recordings for the tiny Agana label. Wheeler and his singing partner and wife Betty Jean went back to Missouri in 1952 and performed a stint on radio station KSIM in addition to performing in clubs. Continuing to move from one location to another, Wheeler was finally signed to OKeh Records in 1953 and released numerous singles for that label and then its parent, Columbia Records, fusing honky-tonk country and gospel styles. Although he did not quite...